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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

01/13/2021

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J C Ryle, in his classic work: ‘Holiness’ written back in the 1800’s is very helpful for one's spiritual growth. We need to remember that God is pleased to work thru means. God has ordained the means as well as the ends. The person who wants to grow spiritually must use the means that God has provided.             What are these?

  1. First, there are private means.  Let us use with great diligence the ...


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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

12/31/2020

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    Happy New Year!     As we enter a new year with grateful hearts that the Lord is good and we are still here; let's remember as a challenge for this new year that God has called every Christian to a holy life. There are no exceptions to this call.  And gladly the apostle John tells us that when we are not holy, when we blow it in some way, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus, who prays for us and helps us.

   Also, ...


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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

12/17/2020

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   Luke 2:18 says: “And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  

     I’m sure that “amazed” is a mild word to describe the reaction of those who heard the shepherds. The story itself would sound incredible—the part about hearing an angelic choir in the middle of the night, not to mention...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

12/03/2020

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   Knowing how the story ends helps us to turn negatives into new platforms for doing God’s work.  When you study the life of the apostle Paul, he did not have it easy. Persecuted, beaten, whipped, left for dead, repeatedly thrown into jail, hated by many, shipwrecked, almost drowned, tossed around by crowds; yet one thing I noticed. Paul had an uncanny ability to turn every truly negative situation into a new platform for doing God’s work....


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

11/19/2020

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   I was deep in the woods by the Canadian border, up by Int’l Falls.  I was riding a fast snowmobile on this about one mile circular road.  It was the middle of winter with deep snow all around. After making one lap on this road, the snowmobile started acting up. It started sputtering and missing, yet it had plenty of gas. It just wasn’t running well. Then all of a sudden, I noticed bear tracks on the road. Tracks that were not there jus...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

11/05/2020

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When we last left our two engaged people, their mutual attraction hung in the air like a stolen kiss. She was imagining holding him close when now, we see that they are together, standing face to face, expressing words of tender affection.  This is the way love grows in a romance, through emotionally tender words as they affectionately speak to each other.

 

   First, the man speaks.  Song of Songs 1:15   He tells her she is bea...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

10/22/2020

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    Right away in the Song of Songs, a problem arises, as they always do when it comes to love and romance.  It is a problem as old and yet as new as today’s fashion magazines: the woman is very self-conscious about her appearance.  She says: ‘I am dark, but lovely.’  She says her skin is dark and coarse like the tents of Kedar and then she explains why.  It’s because she’s been forced to basically liv...


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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

10/08/2020

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   I am told that one of the most famous lines in English literature is the comment Jane Eyre makes at the climactic moment of Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel entitled Jane Eyre.  After many disappointments in life and love, Jane is finally together with the man she loves, Edward Rochester.  The final chapter begins with her immortal words: ‘Reader, I married him.’  

      You could say the Bible e...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

09/24/2020

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In this highly charged election year, I want to encourage everyone to vote. As Americans, it is our privilege and responsibility to do so.  And in these crazy times, don’t let politics change your faith, let your faith change your politics. While both are important, your faith is infinitely more important because your faith will affect you for eternity, while politics are temporary and for a few years.           

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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

08/27/2020

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  In Ephesians 1:8, it talks about how God has lavished his grace upon us.  I thought then of one instance of what lavish can seem like.  

     When I got married, my wife and I used to spend Thanksgiving Day at my mother-in-law’s.  For our Thanksgiving meal she would prepare a feast that just wouldn’t quit.  We, along with many relatives, would sit down at one of the dinner tables and soon course after course wo...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

08/13/2020

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Do you remember the old story about the four bulls?  There were these four bulls who were very good friends. They went everywhere together, ate together, and lay down to rest together. They always kept so close to each other that if any danger were near they could all face it at once. Now there was a lion which was determined to eat them, but he could never get at them one at a time because they were always together.  He was a match for any one bull alone, but...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/29/2020

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             Kids never outgrow the need for affection from their parents. They may not think so, or they may act tough and dismiss the idea, but there is something about the parental bond that is unique from all other relationships. One  powerful story I have read along this line was in the August, 1986, Readers Digest on page 160.  Carmen, a wealthy friend of Rhea Zakich, author of the communicat...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/16/2020

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July 16, 2020

     ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’  Matt. 5:8   This tremendous saying of Jesus points out many things for us. Permit me to mention just a couple.  One is that God is very concerned with our hearts, with the inner person. While man tries to clean up the outside, only God can clean up the inside. 

    Also, to have pure hearts, that is, a heart that will...


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Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/01/2020

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  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”  2 Tim. 1:7   The spirit of our age right now seems to be one of lawlessness, anger, revenge and fear.  Many elements in our society are doing all they can to stoke fear, anxiety and that it’s okay to take the law into your own hands, to do whatever you feel like doing.  However, that is not to be the case amongst the fo...


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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

06/10/2020

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Ps. 46:1, 2a : “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way…” In these days when so many are looking for a good word, a word that can give them help with the present day anxieties and fears, here is a good word. God is our strength, a very present help. He is not far off, He is very present and He is not just present but He is our help. If God is your helper, then what ...


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